8 Nov 2016

Australia call in Haddin and Harris for NZ tour

3:02 pm on 8 November 2016

The former Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin and fast bowler Ryan Harris will join the team's coaching staff for the tour of New Zealand in January.

The pair will act as coaching consultants during the three-match one-day international series against the Blakc Caps in January and February.

Former Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin

Former Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin Photo: Photosport

Harris will concentrate on bowling, with regular coach David Saker heading to India early with batting coach Graeme Hick to prepare for the test series starting in February.

Haddin, who joined Harris in retirement last year, will be employed as a fielding consultant.

Haddin, 38, has been involved preparing the next generation of talent in the Australia 'A' side, while Harris, who has aspirations of becoming the team's next head bowling coach, was an assistant during the one-day international team's recent 5-0 whitewash by South Africa on tour.

Australia's coaching staff have been under the microscope, with both the test and one-day teams struggling in recent months.

Australia's series-opening loss to South Africa in Perth on Monday was its fourth defeat in succession after the 3-0 whitewash in Sri Lanka.

The second test against the Proteas starts on Saturday in Hobart.

-Reuters

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